Five years ago today, we introduced the GoPro Community to GoPro Awards – an always-on program created to reward camera users with monetary awards and gear for sharing their best GoPro photos, raw video clips and video edits to be considered for inclusion in GoPro’s social media, video programming, marketing materials and more.

To celebrate, we pulled together a video tribute highlighting the Top 10 GoPro Awards moments—from glacier water skiing and a cliff wall rope swing to tug-at-your-heartstrings moments like the resurrection of a kitten and an in-flight proposal—the video (above) will give you All. The. Feels.

Since its launch, GoPro Awards has received nearly 1 million photo and video submissions from 180 countries and provides the platform for the annual Million Dollar Challenge highlight video, which received 42,000 submissions last year. GoPro Awards has become core to both the GoPro Community as well as the company’s media and marketing strategy. We've also connected with amazingly talented creators who have had the opportunity to work with the company on projects, speaking engagements and more. 

One of which is former IT worker Andrews Santana. Andrews started using GoPro in 2014 and became heavily involved in submitting to GoPro Awards. With the exposure and money from awards, he is now a professional content creator capturing GoPro content for DJs, resorts and TV hosts and shares educational tips with the GoPro Community in Brazil.

“I started submitting to the platform in 2015 and got my first GoPro Award in 2016. The team at GoPro saw my submissions coming in consistently, and they liked how I was also educating people on Instagram about how to improve their photo and videos,” Andrews explains. “Since then, I've received 10 GoPro Awards, was invited to the 2019 GoPro Creator Summit, and received an award for the 2019 Million Dollar Challenge. The GoPro Awards program has challenged me to create more and more content!”

It's not just video moments that earn GoPro Awards gold. Check out a few of our favorite photos to land an award and grace GoPro's social channels:

To submit to GoPro Awards visit GoPro.com/Awards. For GoPro Awards terms and conditions visit this link. For more information on GoPro and its current line of cameras and accessories, including the new powerhouse HERO9 Black, visit GoPro.com.